1. Scientists have created and tested a bionic hand that allows amputees to feel objects they are holding.
2. Dennis Aabo Sørensen was the first person in the world to test out the bionic hand. He seems very pleased with it.
3. Sørensen tested the hand over a four-week clinical trial.
The hand has several sensors attached to each tendon of each finger. Each sensor measures the amount of force Sørensen uses to grasp each object. This information is relayed to electrodes implanted in Sørensen’s nerves and allows him to “feel” the object in real-time.
“For the first time we were able to restore real time sensory feeling in am amputee while he was controlling this sensorised hand,” said Silvestro Micera, a researcher at EPFL Switzerland.
4. Using the hand, he could tell the difference between hard and soft objects, as well as work out their basic shape.
5. His kids were pretty happy with the addition, too.
6. Watch a video of the hand in action.
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